By Pier Paolo Battistelli
Описание (About this book): This ebook explores the reviews of the German Afrikakorps soldier throughout the North Africa crusade, from the Korps’ arrival in–theatre in February 1941 to its eventual quit in Tunisia in could 1943, with a selected specialise in the serious interval of battle within the Western barren region among 1941 and 1942. below the management of 1 of the war’s most renowned commanders, Erwin Rommel, the Afrikakorps grew to incorporate a extensive diversity of armour, infantry, artillery, anti-tank, engineer, communications, offer, clinical and repair parts. the warriors of the Afrikakorps thought of themselves as a part of an elite, a hugely decide upon staff that had no equivalent, not just within the German military, yet within the remainder of the area.
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What was left for both the ex-POWs and the other Afrikakorps veterans was a sense of belonging. Together they had lived through a unique experience, and fought and risked their lives in a harsh and unpleasant theatre of war under the command of one of the most respected German generals. They had been part of something, and it was a part of their lives that would not be forgotten. Soon after the end of the war, veterans’ associations were formed, and those who had been part of the Afrikakorps joined together once more to remember their experiences and to help and support each other.
On 11 June there was an air attack by British Hurricanes against 2. Kompanie during the mid-afternoon roll-call by the field kitchen; machine-gun fire killed two men and wounded four. Four days later the British attack (Operation Battleaxe) began. While the German guns (mainly 88mm anti-aircraft guns) defended the positions at Capuzzo and Sollum, the reconnaissance detachment deployed later in the morning in the area of Sidi Azeiz, ready to move forward against the enemy. Suddenly a group of a dozen British armoured cars attacked it, firing at the soft-skinned vehicles that withdrew to the west.
Tunisia would add another 270,000-odd German and Italian soldiers to the list, with the total toll for the North African campaign standing for the Axis forces at about 620,000 men (there are no detailed figures for specifically German losses). On 23 February 1943 Rommel relinquished command of Panzerarmee Afrika to the Italian Generale Messe. The army was renamed as the First Italian Army, with a mixed German and Italian staff. On 9 March he would leave North Africa for the last time, never to return to his Afrikakorps.